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RATINGS: 632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Everything we love about classic German Pilsner with a hoppy Bohemian twist. Pils is a bright straw colored lager beer with playful carbonation topped with beautiful white foam lace. Delicate lightly toasted malt flavors underscore noble German hop character. Hallertau-grown Magnum hops deliver the lupulin foundation while generous amounts of Spalter Select hops bring floral aromatic and spicy herbal notes. As a twist on the traditional Pils, we dry hop with German Saphir for a touch of bergamot zest and lemongrass. A refreshing, light-bodied and hop-driven Pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (662) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Draft pour at Brouwer?s, this was given with the anniversary vertical, solid beer very lite golden pour, wort banana hop aroma, about the same in the taste. Interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (4103) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2015
bottle @ Beer Run / Charlottesville VA --- Clear light amber color, solid two-finger white head, swirls of lace. Aroma of malt and light spice. Taste is malt that adds fizz on the swallow along with assertive hops. Spice is not really evident, and neither is lemon. Works okay as an IPA, not really convincing as a Pilsner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Smell of apricot and grass; VERY fresh. Taste is similar; somewhat mild finish. Mid-bodied; creamy mouthfeel. If finish was bolder, this would be outstanding. As it is, still a well-above-average pils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2015
12 oz bottle pours Amber with a white head. Aroma of resin, floral and malts. Taste is spice, malts and grain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coyforce (684) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Wow this beer took me by surprise. I really can’t say enough about this brew! Very light and refreshing. While everyone is stretching to make the next hoppy ipa, this brew fills a gap in the domestic pilsner market. Delicious and smooth as silk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScottWallace82 (96) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2015
On draft. Pours a clear yellow with a light, white head. Strong hop aroma. Very drinkable with a crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (834) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
The beer pours a very clear and pale yellow, with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.Aroma is earthy and with plenty of floral hop notes. The taste is similar to the smell but with a nice spicy hop taste to compliment the malty cereal taste. The mouthfeel is very smooth with biting carbonation. The feel is very crisp from the beginning to the end. Overall, a very good twist to a pilsner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2015
In recent years I’ve become more impressed with American breweries making traditional, to-spec Czech and German-style pilsners. These aren’t easy brews to make, especially without “Americanizing” them, so a good one is much appreciated by me. That’s why I really enjoyed Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils, which, despite the name, is not an IPL or especially hoppy for the style. Spicy, dry, clean and refreshing – that’s what I want in a pilsner.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It was bottled on 4/13/15 and cost $2.85 ($0.24 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale lemon-skin yellow hue with slight cloudiness. Pours to a small, bright white, foamy head which laces and retains very well. Spastic carbonation is always visible.

Smell: Spicy/slight skunky Noble hops though pilsner malt is quite prominent and creates for a graham cracker-like scent too.

Taste: There’s essentially just two flavor combinations happening in this palette: raw pilsner maltiness up front and spicy hops with dry bitterness up on the backend. It simple and repetitive, yes, but because these flavors are so enjoyable I never get tired of them. The malt character is classic, cracker-like in nature (a combination of wheat and graham crackers if that makes sense) with the Noble hops imparting a strong spicy sensation on the finish. I detect a hint of lemon lollipop, though that could be due to the fact this bottle is rather “old” at nearly 3 months (oxidation). Though the hops don’t seem to have faded at all – I really like the zesty flavor they create. Overall, this is a more-than-solid pilsner palette that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Drinkability: What makes for a good pilsner isn’t just the flavor, but also the easy drinkability. Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils is exactly what you want in the style: a crisp, well-carbonated mouthfeel that’s in no way thin or abrasive. Refreshing while in the mouth, it does leave a bit of a spicy/starchy aftertaste, though it fades rather quickly and is tolerable anyway. Perhaps a bit “big” at 5.3% ABV since that’s a bit too heavy to be considered a session beer by most drinkers. Still, no one is going to have a problem throwing back a few of these on a hot day. The fact it’s also available in cans is a great selling point.

Score: 8/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (1806) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Boyle. Clear golden with ample foamy head and decent lacing. Pleasant light floral aroma with some breadiness and light sourness. Lightly bitter. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHopster (1049) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2015
On draft at The Cloverleaf in Caldwell. Not my favorite style but this brewer does a good job with it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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